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    65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Burnout

    65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Burnout
    This past Tuesday, I took a day off of school. This is not normal for me, and I even had to fight my urge to go up to school and make sure things were running smoothly. I even drove up to the school and chose not to get out of the car. Why? Because I had a chance where I knew ...
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    25 Tips for Less Stress

    25 Tips for Less Stress
    1. Drink Water 2. Wake Up Earlier 3. Eliminate Junk Food 4. Increase Healthy Foods 5. Kill Your TV 6. Declutter Your Desk 7. Declutter Your Desktop 8. Declutter Your Inbox 9. Declutter Your House 10. Declutter Your Car 11. Reduce Paperwork 12. Reduce Responsibilities 13. Reduce Phone Calls 14. Reduce Possessions 15. Reduce Your Lifestyle [widget:966] 16. Deepen Your ...
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    Online Professional Development Courses: School Safety

    Teaching, in partnership with The School Resources & Training Institute, is offering online sessions for school personnel with a special discounted rate. h4. *The two courses being featured are:* _School Resource Officer as First Responder and Negotiator_ _Stress and Trauma Management_ The courses have been developed by Dominick Mosino, a highly decorated former chief Hostage Negotiator of the NYPD and the ...
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    10 Small Steps That Can Make a Big Security Impact in Schools

    10 Small Steps That Can Make a Big Security Impact in Schools
    To help administrators in need of a quick security review, Wren has developed a “Top 10” list of things to do to improve campus security.  1) Historical Lessons 
What do documented problems from the past tell you about potential security gaps? Have those gaps been closed over the summer or will you need to make changes now to improve safety? Anticipate having ...
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    Spark Students Interest in Fire Safety Week

    Spark Students Interest in Fire Safety Week
    Fire related incidents is the number three cause of death for children in the U.S. What can teachers do to help? Spend Fire Safety week educating your students on procedures that can save lives. h4. Learn About Fire h4. 1. Fire is FAST! There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control ...
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    50 Quick Ways to Reduce School Stress

    50 Quick Ways to Reduce School Stress
    School can be a tremendously stressful place for educators. It's important to not let stress stand in the way of you having a good day. If you can reduce your stress, you will able to focus your energy on more important things, like planning lessons, preparing your class and interacting with your students. Even the simple tasks below can help ...
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    School Violence and Liability

    When school violence is discussed, the April, 1999, massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, represents the worst case this country has seen…so far: a teacher and twelve students were killed and twenty-three others were wounded by two teenaged students. And it could have been much worse. Had the most powerful of the suspects’ bombs detonated the death toll would ...
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    Violence and Psychiatric Evaluation

    h4. Student showing propensity for violence can be required to undergo psychiatric evaluation Michael Demers and his parents filed a federal lawsuit against school officials after he was suspended from school following his refusal to undergo a psychiatric exam. The suit alleged among other things, a violation of Michael’s due process rights. School officials sought to have Michael psychiatrically examined after ...
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    “Gut Feeling” does not Amount to Reasonable Suspicion to Search

    h4. “Gut Feeling” does not Amount to Reasonable Suspicion to Justify a Search A.H., a high school freshman appealed a trial court’s refusal to suppress evidence, marijuana, found in his wallet during a school search. The search took place after a physical education teacher, who was selling the student a physical education uniform, could not understand the student as he pronounced ...
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    Administrative Search of Students May be Reasonable

    A case decided on November 13, 2003 from the Austin (TX) Independent School District analyzed administrative searches of students at an “Alternative Learning Center.” In the Matter of O.E., 2003 Tex. App. LEXIS 9586 (Ct. App. Texas 3d Dist. Austin 2003). O.E. was arrested at the Alternative Learning Center following a daily “general” search of all students entering the school. The ...
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    Earth Day: Take Action in Your Class

    Earth Day: Take Action in Your Class
    Earth Day is celebrated on Tuesday, April 22nd this year. It all started in 1970, when 20 million people celebrated the first Earth Day. What does Earth Day mean to you and your students almost 40 years later? Take part in some of the activities below and discover current Earth Day finding, connect with classroom resources, and learn the history of ...
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    Teacher Talks About Sex Honestly With Students

    Teacher Talks About Sex Honestly With Students
    Why one teacher asks his students to respect and love each other enough to wait to have sex until they're ready. Sometimes when I'm feeling tired, stressed, or just plain lazy, I will use a planning period to meander down to the school counselor’s office, plop down on her couch, and demand that she fix what ails me. A few weeks ...
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    Is It Ever Okay to Physically Restrain a Student?

    Is It Ever Okay to Physically Restrain a Student?
    This past week at my school, a security guard was put on administrative leave for physically restraining a middle-school student for a viscous verbal assault. As someone who has witnessed numerous harmful verbal and physical incidents with this particular student, it is difficult not to jump to the conclusion that the student deserved to be disciplined in this way. He told ...
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    Zero Waste School Lunch

    Zero Waste School Lunch
    It boggles the mind if you think about it too much: one child, one lunch a day, for 13 years. A typical kid can produce 67 pounds of lunch trash each year, easily ending their school career with their own personal landfill of trash produced only at lunchtime. Our school, the Austin Discovery School, has no hot lunch program. So children ...
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    A Simple Blueprint for Stress Relief

    A Simple Blueprint for Stress Relief
    It's been a while since I've talked about stress relief, but I have some new ideas that I think might help you if you're struggling at this point in the school year. What I'm proposing for you to try out, be it this weekend or during a weekday a mental health day, is to take your mind out of time. Sometimes ...
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    Energy-Efficient Classrooms the Answer?

    Energy-Efficient Classrooms the Answer?
    California’s classroom conditions are among the worst in the nation, according to studies by the Air Resources Board and the Department of Health Services. Some 85,000 trailers—euphemistically dubbed “learning cottages” by manufacturers—pepper the state's poorest districts. Cheaply built and designed to be towed down the highway, the trailers were originally intended to provide a temporary solution for student overflow. However, they've ...
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    How to Stay S.A.F.E. Amid School Violence Situations

    How to Stay S.A.F.E. Amid School Violence Situations
    Reducing the risk of harm to ourselves and others is what it is all about. Where there is a potential for a crisis, there is a need for a plan of action. The planning process begins in recognizing the crisis can occur. Accepting the reality that you may one day be placed in a perilous situation will allow you to take ...
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    The Scary Facts About School Violence

    The Scary Facts About School Violence
    We have all been effected by the recent trend in school violence; everything from Columbine and the recent NIU Killings to gang activities to everyday schoolyard scuffles. And while you might say, "It will never happen in my school district," that is not to say you shouldn't be prepared or have the thought in the back of your mind. Teaching has ...
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    The Destination: A Safer Learning Environment

    The Destination: A Safer Learning Environment
    This summer, administrators may be focused on making a number of tough decisions in light of shrinking budgets. One area where decisions might be re-evaluated is investment in security systems and policies. Unfortunately, many administrators are so concerned with getting on the quick path to security that they fail to bear in mind their final destination. Isn’t it worth a moment ...
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    Lessons From a Distrubing Videotape Prank

    Lessons From a Distrubing Videotape Prank
    In the article "Judge orders teens to post apology on YouTube. "A judge here is using YouTube to punish two boys who used the video-sharing website for a prank that ended with battery and criminal mischief charges against them.” At the end of the article it also stated that “The teens wrote, filmed and edited the apology video. They also were ...
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